Software Updater - Getting Started

Software Updater in Avast Antivirus helps keep commonly used third party software up to date to eliminate potential security risks. Malicious threats or attackers often use leaks in outdated software to access your PC. This feature displays the most popular programs installed on your PC and allows you to easily update them.

Software Updater in Avast Premier allows you to configure automatic updates for your applications.

Update software manually

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select ProtectionSoftware Updater.
  2. From the outdated software list, select one or more applications that you want to update by clicking the tick box next to the application name and then click the Update selected button above the list.

If Avast is unable to directly download and install an update, you are redirected to the vendor's website or another appropriate site to download the update.

Turn on automatic updates (Avast Premier only)

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select ProtectionSoftware Updater.
  2. Next to Automatic updates, click the OFF slider so that it changes to ON.

This action enables Avast to automatically download and install updates.

This feature is only available in Avast Premier. For all other versions, you will be asked to upgrade to Avast Premier first.

Manage individual applications

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select ProtectionSoftware Updater.
  2. Click the down arrow next to an application to expand the panel and perform the following actions, if needed:
    • Verify the vendor details, current version and a new version of the application, if available.
    • Click Ignore updates to exclude the application from updates.
    • Click Update to update the application.

We strongly recommend you do not enable the Ignore updates setting, as outdated software is highly vulnerable to hacker attacks.

Manage Software Updater settings

The Software Updater settings screen allows you to enable or disable Software Updater. It also displays a list of settings that you can customize depending on your version of Avast Antivirus and gives you the option to reset the Software Updater database.

  1. Open the Avast user interface and select MenuSettings.
  2. Select Components then scroll down and click Customize next to Software Updater.
  3. Tick the box next to Enable Software Updater to keep your third party applications up to date. This option enables you to manage further settings.
  4. Customize the following options:
    • Allow update of system-wide products for administrators only: tick to only authorize administrators to update system-wide products via Software Updater. System-wide products are third party applications that are available for all users (or accounts) that use the same PC. In most cases, administrator privileges are needed to install, remove or modify these products. Unticking this option enables non-admin users (secondary accounts logged into your PC) to also update these applications using Software Updater. This option is disabled by default.
    • Automatically download updates if possible (paid versions of Avast Antivirus only): tick to allow Software Updater to automatically download available updates for your third party software to save your time. Because automatic downloads happen when a system is idle, the impact on your online activity is minimized. This option is enabled by default.
    • Automatically update if possible (Avast Premier only): tick to allow Software Updater to automatically install downloaded updates for your third party software. Automatic installations happen in the background and no action is required from you. This option requires you to firstly enable the Automatically download updates if possible option above. You can also perform the same action by going to the ProtectionSoftware Updater screen and clicking Automatic updates. This option is disabled by default.
    • Notifications (popups) enabled: tick if you want to be notified when a software update is available or when an update is completed. This option is enabled by default.
  5. After making any changes, click OK.

Troubleshoot update issues

  1. Click the refresh icon in the top-right corner of the main screen of Software Updater to update the information displayed about the listed applications.
  2. Go to MenuSettingsComponents. Scroll down and click Customize next to Software Updater.
  3. Click next to Database reset (troubleshooting) to expand the panel, then click the Reset database now button.
You can disable Software Updater from MenuSettingsComponents. Next to Software Updater, click the ON slider, so that it changes to OFF.
  • Avast Ultimate 18.x
  • Avast Premier 18.x
  • Avast Internet Security 18.x
  • Avast Pro Antivirus 18.x
  • Avast Free Antivirus 18.x
  • Microsoft Windows 10 Home / Pro / Enterprise / Education - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8.1 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 8 / Pro / Enterprise - 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Basic / Home Premium / Professional / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 1, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Basic / Home Premium / Business / Enterprise / Ultimate - Service Pack 2, 32 / 64-bit
  • Microsoft Windows XP Home / Professional / Media Center Edition - Service Pack 3, 32-bit

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